Bart Stupak Won’t Back Down on Killing Health Care If It Funds Abortions

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 7, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Bart Stupak Won’t Back Down on Killing Health Care If It Funds Abortions

by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 7
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — President Barack Obama and Democrats are doing everything possible to railroad the pro-abortion health care bill through Congress. As he has so many times before, Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak promises he and his colleagues will stop their efforts to keep abortion funding in the legislation.

Stupak isn’t backing down from his pledges to sink the government-run health care bill if it contains funding for hundreds of thousands of abortions.

He added an amendment with his name on it to the House version of the bill to stop abortion funding but the Senate version contained language that allows states to force taxpayers to fund them. Stupak says he will derail the merged bill in the House if they use the Senate language.

With national pro-abortion groups chanting the rallying cry, "Stop Stupak" and facing hatred and animosity from many of his fellow Democrats, Stupak has become a household name for keeping abortion out of the health care bill.

In a new interview with the New York Times, Stupak wears his opposition like a badge of honor.

“It’s not the end of the world if it goes down,” he told the Times about killing the health care bill over abortion.

Stupak said Obama and Democrats may need to experience defeat in order to see how important it is to Americans that they not be forced to pay for abortions.

“Then you get the message,” he continued. “Fix the abortion language and bring the bill back.”

Stupak also shared with the Times how he feels like a lone voice in the wilderness as a pro-life Democrat and that his colleagues often feel isolated and alone.
“We’re members without a party,” he said. “Democrats are mad at you, and Republicans don’t trust you.”

But the success of his amendment has helped.

“Before, when we talked about pro-life Democrats, you’d get a snicker and a laugh,” he said. “We were just always overlooked. We’re not overlooked anymore.”

In the end, Stupak says he and 10-12 members he won’t name will vote no on the final bill unless it does not fund abortions. That, he says, won’t earn him any friends from the pro-abortion side.

“I get the distinct impression that I’m the last guy the president wants to see,” he told the Times.

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